Saturday, April 13, 2024

ADELE to Host “Saturday Night Live” Next Week, as Ratings Slip Again, with Host Issa Rae and Singer Justin Bieber, for Third Week in a Row


Surprise! Adele will host “SNL” October 24th, with HER as the musical guest.  She’s either going to sing or explain why she has no new album. Weird. As I told you earlier this week, my sources said Adele was ready to drop a single and an album after 5 years’ absence. Read here about Adele. The last time Adele was on “SNL” was November 20, 2015, just as she launched her “25” album. Her new album could be dropping this coming Friday, October 23rd, or next, October 30th. I would guess the 30th, as Sony has Bruce Springsteen coming on the 23rd.

Adele writes on Instagram:

Bloooooody hellllll I’m so excited about this!! And also absolutely terrified! My first ever hosting gig and for SNL of all things!!!! I’ve always wanted to do it as a stand alone moment, so that I could roll up my sleeves and fully throw myself into it, but the time has never been right. But if there was ever a time for any of us to jump head first into the deep end with our eyes closed and hope for the best it’s 2020 right?
Itll be almost 12 years to the day that I first appeared on the show, during an election…which went on to break my career in America, so it feels full circle and I just couldn’t possibly say no! I am besides myself that H.E.R will be the musical guest!! I love her SO much I can’t wait to melt into a flaming hot mess when she performs, then confuse myself while I laugh my arse off in between it all.
See you next week ♥️🤞🏻

Last night’s report:

“Saturday Night Live” is slipping in the ratings.

It’s still ahead of the 2019 season, but the fervor of returning after a dreadful summer is wearing off.

Last night the show scored 4.5 million viewers. The key demo was 2.0. That was down from 4.7 million the previous week, and 2.2 million in the demo.

Justin Bieber, who was supposed to attract a younger audience, didn’t.

“SNL” started big three weeks ago when it returned to the studio with a live audience. They grabbed a total of 5.6 million and 2.9 in the demo. But the novelty wore off. And frankly, Jim Carrey hasn’t caught on as Joe Biden.

Last night’s show was also missing Cecily Strong, an important part of the cast. She’s shooting a series in Vancouver.

Also, the whole writing vibe is off. And Kate McKinnon– who was razor sharp as Savannah Guthrie– isn’t getting enough focus. She’s lost two big characters, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elizabeth Warren. Last week she broke character during a failing bit included in Weekend Update, and admitted that it was hard to do this stuff during the pandemic and the crazy election. But we need her!

Last year “SNL” averaged 4 million viewers a show except for the Eddie Murphy episode. So this season is ahead right now, but it’s dropping week by week.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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